[All photos by BILLY FARRELL for PMc]
It's impossible to discuss 80s fashion, or its recent, explosive revival, without paying homage to the legend that is Stephen Sprouse. Sprouse pioneered many of the decade's most enduring fashion statements-such as day-glo and graffiti print-while perfecting the effortless and irresistible mix of high and low fashion for which today's downtown kids continue to strive for. A mix of pop, punk, and rock 'n roll, his clothing caught the eye of trendsetters like Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry and Marc Jacobs, with whom he collaborated on the coveted graffiti logo bag for Louis Vuitton in 2001. When he died in 2004, the fashion world lost one of its greatest innovators.
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Last night, fans of Sprouse's work attended a tribute party to mark the arrival the new Stephen Sprouse for Louis Vuitton line, arriving in stores today. The Bowery Ballroom played host to the biggest party in town since New Year's, as the likes of Agyness Deyn, Marc Jacobs, Nina Garcia, Chanel Iman, Luigi Tadini, Peter Davis, Melissa Berkelhammer, Derek Blasberg, and Debbie Harry came out to celebrate this marriage made in fashion heaven. Recession preventing you from purchasing a new Stephen Sprouse bag? Choose the more economical tribute book, to be released on January 13th. Click here to pre-order it.
Agyness Deyn. Chanel Iman.
Melissa Berkelhammer. Luigi Tadini.
Emerald Carroll, Emily Weiss. Peter Davis.